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MG TD TF 1500 - Moving a T Type in the Garage

Now that is time to store away the T Types, (at least up here in the northeast), I thought that sharing this method of moving the car around the garage might be usefull.
When I first got our TD, I needed a way to roll it around in the garage , either when severe weather is threatening, or in the winter, when we need the space in the garage for Annies car. These dollies allow me to easily turn the car 90 degrees and roll it out of the way into the back of the garage.
I built two dollies out of 2xs and steel caster wheels. The front dolly supports the car under the A Frames, and the rear is supported using a 6 channel under the spring U bolts.
The front is jacked up under the front crossmember, and when the car is high enough, the front dolly is rolled into position under the A frames, the car is lowered onto it and the jack is removed. The rear is jacked up using the 6 channel under the spring U bolts. When it is high enough, the rear dolly is rolled under the channel and it is lowered onto the dolly and the jack is removed.
Besides making the car easily moveable in the garage, this leaves the car supported so the wheels can be removed for brake or axle work, and it also allows more access under the car for other maintainance.

First, pictures of the dollies in place under the car


next, pictures of the jack in place

Hope this helps,


Neat...I have a couple on "wheel dollies" ...but they are a pain if a tyre goes flat or you want to work on brakes!

Couldn't help think of this one.
Amazing what one can do with a floor jack and a 12 pack! LOL (Not "you" ... "Me"!)
Put this one in the air to paint the underside. When it came time to move it ....kind of scarry getting it back down!


David Sheward 55 TF1500 # 7427

If you have well lubricated wheels on your floor jack and a reasonably smooth floor you can easily maneuver your car into just about any corner. A T is so light it can be done by oneself. Throw a couple of rags on the jack saddle and jack it under the differential housing or front crossmember and it will follow you anywhere.

Of course dollys are nice too!
J E Carroll

Harbor freight has dollys for about 50 bucks a pair. I have my TD on them now. jack er up, dollies under wheels and push it anywhere. Have used mine for over 10 years and they work great.
Tom Maine (TD8105)

There's always the grease and aluminum plates trick.
MJH Mike

You've got mail!
David Sheward 55 TF1500 # 7427

I like the scheme Steve has come up with. Right now the "not an MG but it followed me home" Spitfire is on four jack stands as I work on him. The idea of being able to maneuver him around the garage for access, etc. while still having it quite high for project is very appealing!

Dave Braun

Dave ,
How you set for carbs on that project?
May have something of interest. Drop me a note off line. hootersvilledavid "at" yahoo "dot" com
David Sheward 55 TF1500 # 7427

Just picked-up another set of dollies yesterday...
gotta love CL! (4 for $50)

David Sheward 55 TF1500 # 7427

Just like mine from HF. You got a better buy though/
Tom Maine (TD8105)

But you, no doubt, got a pair of Muppet Grade felt work gloves with yours! LOL
David Sheward 55 TF1500 # 7427

David- not to thread jack, but I'll be running Eurospec HS4s on the
Eurospec intake and exhaust manifolds. I yanked a hellacious Weber and manifold off yesterday.

Dave Braun

Nice ...have had this sitting around for a while. Thought I'd ask. Believe it's for a GT6.

David Sheward 55 TF1500 # 7427

Ah.. That's likely for a TR6 with Strombergs.

The one I have (and not yet restored).

Four cylinder vs. six.


Dave Braun

Err... I meant to type GT6
Dave Braun

Yep...My uncle got these as part of a "lot" at an auction. (They told him "Austin") Z/S and "Stanpart" on manifold, obviously Triumph. Wasn't sure if yours was 4 or GT6. Been trying to find them a home for him. I have had them on CL for over a year and had at least 6 people tell me they want them ...but they never show up. Would have done them cheap for you!
David Sheward 55 TF1500 # 7427

I did the same swap on my cousins midget a few years back Dave. He was still stationed over seas and my uncle brought it over and I rebuilt the front end as well. Also cut open the catlytic converter and removed the congealed mess and welded the can back together. Made a huge difference in performance. If my memory is correct...which it isn't often anymore...I seem to remember butchering up a spare heat shield from an MGB and using it on the new setup. Also remember using a BFH on the passenger footwell to get the clearance need for the float bowl (not much). A problem you won't have. I'm not a big fan of the ZS's.

L E D LaVerne

Dave ; Check the numbers on the top of the diaphram bell- TR6s were 175s and GT6s were 150s. Might help ID em. Dan
Dan Craig

Really sorry for hi-jacking the thread!
But if somebody sees them and can use ...guess it's worth it! Doing nobody any good sitting in my garage!

The ZS on my TR7 are id'd by gold tag on bell screw...these had that removed before we got them.

David Sheward 55 TF1500 # 7427

Only numbers I found are here:
Pretty sure for a GT6 as I did have one person tell me the numbers on the intake manifold match his and carbs look the same.

David Sheward 55 TF1500 # 7427

"I'm not a big fan of the ZS's"
You and me both ...I still haven't figured out why the TR7 won't run after having the carbs re-built!
Been using these as "bait" in "if you can get my 7 running I will make you a great deal"
Maybe that's why I still have them?
Scaring buyers away threating them with a TR7! LOL
David Sheward 55 TF1500 # 7427

My TR7 ran great...well as good as any that left the factory for the USA. I once put a set of twin 40 DCOE Webbers on it. Looked impressive but without any other mods it was a giant..GIANT waste of money. Do yourself a favor..source a set of SU's for the trumpet....maybe even a Dolmite 16 valve head. Or better yet drop the Buick/Rover in there. As for the ZS Dan can probably help.
L E D LaVerne

Dave - just measure the bore size. The 150 and 175 refer to 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 throttle bores. Had pretty decent luck with these old things. Grew up with 'em on Triumphs of all sorts - still running the one on my B. Dan
Dan Craig

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